• Town of Locke - Locke/ Walnut Grove, California

      Photo by Dennis Goza
      Beginning about 1850, the neighboring towns of Walnut Grove and Locke were bustling commerce towns heavily settled by immigrant laborers from China and Japan. Today, both towns have historic districts where the original buildings still stand, most of them still used as homes and/or businesses. Locke was the first town in America built by Chinese for Chinese, and the whole town is a historic site, featuring such colorful points of interest as the Dai Loy Museum, a former gambling den.

      If you go:
      You can get in a walking tour of the three historic districts (Chinese in Locke, Chinese and Japanese in Walnut Grove) in as little as an hour. The towns are about half a mile apart. You can get an overview at the Locke Boarding House Museum (operated by the state parks system) though its hours are limited. Guided tours of Locke are also available. In May, there is an Asian Pacific Spring Festival.


      California Highway 160
      Locke/ Walnut Grove, California 95690 USA

      Mailing address:
      Locke Foundation
      P.O.Box 1085
      Walnut Grove CA 95690 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Locke Foundation
      +1 (916) 776-1661

      Locke Boarding House Museum
      +1 (916) 776.1828